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CCWN Board Members

Elizabeth Klassen

2021 President

What has been and/or is your current involvement with CCWN’s Board of Directors?
I am presently Vice President, a member of the Building Committee, the Chair of the Human Resources Committee, and a member the Marketing Committee, and a member of the Nominations Committee. Being actively involved and providing strong leadership are important to me as a director with CCWN. I love being part of a team that provides support and guidance to our community members at their most vulnerable moments

 
Why is being a Board Member with CCWN important to you?
Living in the Niagara Region all of my life and the Town of Lincoln for the last 28 years has brought to my attention the needs in our community.   I feel like being a part of a community also translates to giving back to our community by becoming involved with incredible organizations like CCWN.   It was an easy decision to join this amazing team and work together to support our community.


What positive impact do you believe CCWN has on our residents?
Not only does CCWN provide supports to the community but they rally the community together to care for one another.  In providing supports, CCWN also assists people to progress to self-sufficiency providing a sense of achievement and dignity for our clients that other organizations do not provide.


Is there something in particular that compelled you to seek involvement?
When first introduced to CCWN, I saw that they were an exceptional organization that is a cornerstone to the community.   Having been a director and volunteering with CCWN I have been an active part of the exceptional work that I saw.  What I didn’t realize looking from the outside in, was how significant and diverse the impact that CCWN had on our community.   Experiencing involvement with CCWN has confirmed my choice to join as Vice President and have a positive impact on our community.


What contribution do you hope to make as a Board member?
As a member of the Board, I hope to contribute to the legacy that CCWN represents in our community.  With over 50 years of providing to the community, I want to assist in reaching our community through the supports that are needed.  I feel that my time serving on the Board of CCWN will translate to a positive impact on our community equivalent to the many blessings I have experienced living in this incredible community. 

 
Would you like to include something about yourself – unique to you?
Being a Commercial Digital Photographer has given me the opportunity to travel to many locations and the chance to see the prevalent needs in these communities.    Each time I return to the Town of Lincoln confirms the fact that we live in an incredible community that is willing to give generously of themselves and their resources.  I feel very blessed to be a part of such an active community that assists others in their time of need.

Stewart Capell

Vice President

What has been and/or is your current involvement with CCWN’s Board of Directors?
I am currently a member of the Building Committee, Human Resources Committee, the Marketing Committee, and Chair of the Nominations Committee.
 

Why is being a Board Member with CCWN important to you? 
I truly believe that we should give back to our local community and to build bridges to self-sufficiency for all people of the community.


What positive impact do you believe CCWN has on our residents?
I believe that CCWN, through all of its programs, has evolved into a true leader in the community to meet and exceed the expectations of the clients, community supporters in our ever-changing community.

 
Is there something in particular that compelled you to seek involvement?
I was involved in the Loaf of Bread community dinners, and when it was disbanded I felt there was still a strong need. I wanted to be involved more in this community resource.

 
What contribution do you hope to make as a Board member?
I believe that the Board needs to be a good mix of skills and walks of life. I see my skills in being a good listener to all opinions, and gathering information that will help us make informed decisions that meet the needs of the community and form the Legacy of CCWN.

 

 

 


Rich Gark

2021 Treasurer

What has been and/or is your current involvement with CCWN’s Board of Directors?
Over the past year I served on the Building Committee, and Chaired the Finance Committee, acting as Treasurer. This is in addition to assisting with policy development and strategic planning.

 
Why is being a Board Member with CCWN important to you? 
I want to help ensure that the message that CCWN is the established point of reference for so many people in need in Lincoln continues to be heard. Whatever I can add to enhance the ability of CCWN to serve the community is my main purpose for being a Board Member.


What positive impact do you believe CCWN has on our residents?
CCWN provides many services other than the obvious ones to aid individuals within the Community. The services the organization provides are numerous and ever evolving. We are not just a food bank but rather, CCWN provides over 30 different avenues by which the community can seek assistance.  Staff and volunteers alike seek to ensure the needs of the community are met in a professional and caring manner.


Is there something in particular that compelled you to seek involvement?
I have a strong desire to ensure that the legacy of CCWN’s founder Doreen Hutchinson is maintained. I want to assist in ensuring that CCWN is and continues to be recognized as the focal point for the people in our Community who need a hand up or need assistance in so many other ways. CCWN should continue to be the funnel through which people in need are helped or directed to more appropriate avenues of assistance.


What contribution do you hope to make as a Board member?
A contemporary, effective Board needs to have a mixture of skill sets along with, diverse cultural and social backgrounds. I feel that my particular skills blend well with the needs of the Board and by extension CCWN.  While we all wish our society did not need such organizations, it is imperative that CCWN continues to grow, evolve and meet the needs of those in our Community that require assistance. I just want to help continue this legacy.

 

 


JD Pachereva

Secretary

What has been and/or is your current involvement with CCWN’s Board of Directors?
I have always volunteered with and advocated for the work of CCWN. I currently Chair the Building Committee, and over the past year served as a member of the Finance and Marketing Committees. As highlighted above, I am an annual volunteer at the Lion’s/CCWN Food Drive.  As a Councillor with the Town of Lincoln, I also liaise between CCWN and the Town on certain matters and have done so for the better part of the last decade and half.


Why is being a Board Member with CCWN important to you?
I care about Lincoln and am a passionate advocate for our residents. But this is more than just making sure people are happy, what this means to me is that I want to ensure that our citizens realize that CCWN is so much more than a food bank.  Especially now more than ever we have a moral obligation to help those less fortunate and to help effectively address the issues of poverty and economic insecurity. Finding a cause that is greater than one’s self, and in some ways larger than just one community, or one region is what the CCWN at its core stands for.


What positive impact do you believe CCWN has on our residents?
As CCWN is in my community, I have been actively involved in public awareness events, fundraisers, and supported the mission of this vital organization for many years. Residents of Lincoln have come to us for help when they are facing some of the most difficult circumstances of their lives. It has been a privilege to witness the shift in them. To see them with hope, a new outlook and optimism after contacting us or being in to seek help. This is life changing for many individuals and families.


Is there something that compelled you to seek involvement?
Over the years, in addition to my personal and direct involvement with CCWN, I have attended Town meetings where the Executive Director made presentations regarding their programs and services. These updates alerted me to the continuous growth and diversification that was occurring in the best interest of our community. I wanted to be a part of this.  Through my parents and our family business we were always huge supporters of GBF, now I feel it is my obligation to contribute to my community.


What contribution do you hope to make as a Board member?
My priorities are to strengthen our community and encourage its vibrancy for years to come. I will collaborate to leverage resources, knowledge, contacts, and synergistic relationships to improve the lives of our clients.

 
Would you like to include something about yourself – unique to you?
For almost 30 years, I have been fortunate to be married to Melanie and we are parents to two children, Alec and Blair. I have been a Lincoln resident my whole life, a proud graduate of BDSS; I am Chair of the Grants and Stewardship Committee for Wise Guys Charity and my family has roots in the local grocery industry.
I am an outspoken advocate for my community, and for those issues that impact it, popular or not. I believe we have an obligation to do what we can to assist all those who require a helping hand, a hand up and a shoulder at times. I live by the adage that “to whom much is given, much is expected”. I am truly humbled to be working with the team at CCWN.

 


Jean Brohman

Director

What has been and/or is your current involvement with CCWN’s Board of Directors?
November 2021 will mark the beginning of my first term with the CCWN Board.


Why is being a Board Member with CCWN important to you? 
Being a Board Member is important to me because I have always tried to be active in my community.  Whether it was my children sports or schools, or team in my workplace, I have always felt the responsibility to contribute.


What positive impact do you believe CCWN has on our residents?
Providing the range of services that CCWN does within our somewhat ‘rural ‘communities is important to those with limited access to transportation, something many of us take for granted.  The span of support beyond the food bank offered to residents is amazing (i.e. housing and dental assistance, Back to School and Jumpstart support, to name a few).


Is there something in particular that compelled you to seek involvement?
Having participating in volunteer days at local food banks and community support facilities, I am reminded how much need there is within our community. I am inspired by those who dedicate themselves to improve and sustain the welfare of others. 

 
What contribution do you hope to make as a Board member?
Although I am a professional accountant, I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and contributing in any way I can.

 

 

 

 

 


Paul Litschko

Director



 

 

 

 

 


Christine Manuel

Director



 

 

 

 

 


Stuart Reimer

Director

What has been and/or is your current involvement with CCWN’s Board of Directors?
Over the past year I have served on the Building Committee and the Human Resources Committee. I am also involved in the Bottle Recycling Program.


Why is being a Board Member with CCWN important to you? 
It is important to me that this vital part of the fabric of our community is guided and governed by and an engaged board of directors, who ensure the stability of the agency and the programs it delivers.

 
What positive impact do you believe CCWN has on our residents?
I believe the positive impact is two-fold. One, our programs and services are there for our residents when they need them. Two, for our residents who don’t need help, CCWN is a secure and trusted place to contribute their time and talent.



Is there something in particular that compelled you to seek involvement?
I believe that the regional landscape of poverty relief and social assistance will continue to change. I want to be part of the conversation that surrounds CCWN and its evolving, long term role in serving our community.

 
What contribution do you hope to make as a Board member?
As a local small business owner, employer and life-long resident of the town, I hope to use my personal and professional resources to support CCWN’s board agenda, as well as the staff and programs they administer.

 

Leigh Anne Siebert

Director



 



Dave Thompson

Director

What is your current involvement with CCWN’s Board of Directors?
November 2021 will mark the beginning of my first term with the CCWN Board.


Why is being a Board Member with CCWN important to you? 
I believe that it is important to give back to the community you live in, there are many ways to do so, being able to bring my life experiences to the table to provide a contribution to the vision and direction to an organization that has such a meaningful impact on so many within the community will be an enriching and fulfilling experience.


What positive impact do you believe CCWN has on our residents?
CCWN provides important opportunities and services to assist community members who may be experiencing difficult situations in their lives, by providing these services CCWN gives a hand up and supports that reduce the stress associated with the challenges of everyday life for these community members.


Is there something in particular that compelled you to seek involvement?
Involvement in activities and contributions of time and effort to organizations that enhance the wellbeing of our community are vital to a vibrant and sustainable community, this helps to develop a sense of inclusiveness and belonging within our community while raising up those with the greatest needs, these are activities that I wish to be an active and engaged participant in.


What contribution do you hope to make as a Board member?
I hope to bring my talents and expertise collaboratively to the table to provide input to the organization to best fulfil the needs of our community.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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